pet laser therapy
Laser Therapy (also called “Cold Laser Therapy”) involves the use of a cold laser light applied directly to the affected muscles.  It’s a non-invasive, painless form of therapy that works to heal compromised tissue, increase …blood circulation, and helps to manage pain. Each session takes between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on the animal’s size and medical condition. Laser Therapy offers the following benefits:
• Reduces pain
• Loosens muscles
• Increases blood circulation
• Stimulates and improves cellular function
• Facilitates protein synthesis
• Releases endorphins


For the second year in a row, a Wire Fox Terrier won the National Dog Show Presented by Purina during the annual Kennel Club of Philadelphia cluster at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. GCH Afterall Painting the Sky, was selected by Best In Show Judge Vicki Abbott from among more than 1,500 canines. “Sky” won the Terrier Group and then bested an Affenpinscher, an American Foxhound, a Great Dane, a Tibetan Spaniel, a Bearded Collie and a Field Spaniel during Best In Show. It is the first time that the same breed has won Best In Show at a major competition since an English Springer Spaniel won Westminster in 1971 and 1972.

Handler Gabriel Rangel of Rialto, Calif., has now won the National Dog Show three of the last four years with the Scottish Terrier, Sadie, in 2009, and the two Wire Fox Terriers – Eira in 2011, and now Sky. To see more pictures and videos, go to:


Happy Thanksgiving!

We would like to wish all of our friends a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

How to Recognize Wobblers in your Dog

  1. Look for the characteristic symptoms of wobbler’s syndrome (sometimes called Wobbler’s Disease) in your dog, such as moving stiffly and dragging the hind toes as he walks. The stiffness may seem worse in his hind legs, and he may walk clumsily as if partially paralyzed. He generally won’t show signs of pain, such as whining.
  2. Watch your dog’s movements when turning a corner. A dog with wobbler’s syndrome may seem fairly normal walking in a straight line but have difficulty making a sharp turn. She may appear drunk or uncoordinated or even fall down when turning quickly. At other times, she may walk with her hind legs spread for balance.
  3. Notice how your dog carries his head. Dogs with wobbler’s syndrome may carry their heads down or stiffly.
  4. If your dog is showing these symptoms and other causes have been eliminated, come in and we’ll test for wobbler’s syndrome.  The sad news is that there’s no simple cure for wobbler’s syndrome, but catching the condition early can give us options for treatment.

What is Wobblers?

Wobbler disease is a condition of the cervical vertebrae that causes an unsteady (wobbly) gait and weakness in dogs and horses. The term wobbler disease refers to a number of different conditions of the cervical (neck) spinal column that all cause similar symptoms. These conditions may include malformation of the vertebrae, intervertebral disc protrusion, and disease of the interspinal ligaments, ligamenta flava, and articular facets of the vertebrae. Wobbler disease is also known as cervical vertebral instability, cervical spondylomyelopathy (CSM), and cervical vertebral malformation (CVM). In dogs, the disease is most common in large breeds, especially Great Danes and Dobermanns. In horses, it is not linked to a particular breed, though it is most often seen in tall race-bred horses. It is most likely inherited in dogs, it may be hereditary to some extent in horses.

Wobblers is most common in the following dog breeds:

Pet Storm Tips

Power outages often happen during storms, but can happen at any time, during any season. Flashlights, batteries, food, a source of water and heat during the winter are basic necessities. Are your pets covered in your preparedness plan? Here are some power outage preparedness tips:

•Thankfully, dogs and cats do not need much electricity in their daily lives. Fresh water and food are most important, so basic emergency precautions should cover those needs. If your pet is arthritic and cold weather is a concern, have plenty of padded, thick blankets for your pet to curl up on.

•While not an emergency, often when the power is out, many appliances start beeping and flashing. This really bothers some animals so try to keep pets out of those rooms.

•Water Supply: Besides having stored drinking water, it is also important to maintain sanitation for both family members and pets. Have some baby wipes handy to keep hands clean and not waste available water.

•Food Supply: Keep readily available, easy-to-store snacks that do not require refrigeration or heating to eat.

•Light Your Way: Have matches, candles, flashlights, and batteries on hand, and know where they are. A dedicated location works well. It is a good idea to periodically check that batteries are working in stored flashlights.

•Be Candle and Fire Safe: Lit candles are useful for light, but having many lit candles can be dangerous. If pets and small children are around, there is even more danger of accidental fire or injury. Fire is also a risk with downed lines and sparking sub stations. Make sure to have plenty of fire extinguishers around the house, and know how to use them. Make sure that extinguishers are fully charged, and know where they are in the house and around your property.

We’ll Miss You Red!

On October 23 we lost a dear friend of ours at Pet Therapy. Red was a 14 year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever who had come to us a little over a year ago to help him with his arthritis. His dedicated and loving mom brought him here once a week to keep this old guy moving.  His favorite thing to do in the pool was swim and play ball! Many of us here grew close to Red and were heartbroken to say goodbye to him.

Great Facebook Post From a Former Client!

We were re-reading some of the older posts on our Facebook page and we saw this one which was posted over the summer and we decided to share it with you here too.  If you’ve never seen our Facebook page, take a look:

Dear Dr. Burke, my name is Kathrin Smith, formerly known as Kathrin Wagner from Germany. In 1990 you saved a kittens life. He was in a litter of 4. 3 had to be put to sleep but one little grey kitten survived , thanks to Lindas cat and a blood transfusion.Your care and knowledge and that you didn´t give up. The cats name was Grey ( Schweini) and in 1991 I took him as a very healthy cat back to Germany with me.He died when he was 13 years old and was a very happy cat.
You used to call him ” Kitty from hell”;). I wonder if you remember us.

Anyway I just want to thank you for saving my cats life.

My regards,


Do you Know the Difference between a DVM and a VMD Degree in Veterinarians?

The Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD) degree is only awarded to veterinarians by the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA. It is equivalent to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree awarded by all other US veterinary schools. The difference stems from the origin of the Penn School of Veterinary Medicine as the Veterinary Department of the Medical School. As the Medical School awarded the Medicinae Doctoris (MD) degree to graduate physicians, it was consistent to use a similar Latin format for the veterinary degree. With a similar origin, the Penn School of Dental Medicine awards the Dentariae Medicinae Doctoris (DMD) to dentists.